Hello again everyone and welcome to Storey’s Skippers for Round 14. With the first of the bye rounds having concluded, and with only the highest 18 scoring players being taken into account, vice-captain and captain options are still very important this week.
Just like every week, it is important to make use of the rolling lockout and the vice-captain loophole. All you have to do to take advantage of the loophole is simply make a player who has the bye captain as they will not be locked out until the commencement of the twilight game on Sunday.
As we are running low on viable captain options this week there are only a few players to seriously consider, including the following:
- Scott Pendlebury (COL) – Appeared to struggle with an ankle knock in the latter stages of the Queen’s Birthday clash with Melbourne, but the bye round would have helped him make sure it is absolutely right to go this week. After his below-par start to the season, where he was not playing through the midfield as much, Pendles has now started scoring extremely well, averaging 132.4 in his last five games. Do be a little bit wary though as the Dockers have only conceded 10 (the equal second least) 125+ scores in their first 13 games of the season, a statistic which is quite surprising given how poor they have been.
- Patrick Dangerfield (GEE) – Dangerfield is fast becoming the most lockable captain/vice-captain option SuperCoachers have had since Gazza. Rule #1 of the new SuperCoach commandments is to never not have the C or VC on Danger. With the Cats playing the Saints this week I would be expecting another big score but I remain wary that he is due for a down game.
- Heath Shaw (GWS) – Shaw started the season a little bit like Pendlebury, in that his scores weren’t as high as everyone had hoped, leading for some SuperCoachers to even trade him out of their teams. Luckily, for those that kept him, he has repaid the faith and a 129.4 average of the last five games, for a defender, is an insane average. He is an integral part of the GWS defence and I can’t see his influence being slowed anytime soon. A solid vice-captain option and he even plays before Dangerfield!
- Sam Docherty (CAR) – The Blues have been one of the most exciting teams to watch this season, and not many would have expected that before the season began. Sam Docherty has been huge for Carlton, providing an insane amount of run off half-back. He is clearly the second-best scoring defender behind Heath Shaw and has a five round average that almost matches Shaw. If you like Carlton’s chances against the Giants at Spotless, Docherty is going to have to have an absolute blinder, so lock him in if you are looking for a left-field choice.
- Tom Rockliff (BRI) – The curious case of Tom Rockliff continues. He has burnt many a SuperCoacher, with his inability to stay on the park, but as I have written about before, he does love having a big end to the year. His last 3 rounds have seen him average 146 and his last 5 rounds average is ever increasing to a very respectable 119. It is hard to have confidence in Brisbane players but you can pretty much trust Rocky to score no matter the opposition. If you are in the 13% of teams that own him, I wish you luck and would strongly consider him as vice-captain before Dangerfield plays.
As we are running low on captain options this week, with only one Sunday game, there is really only one player to seriously consider:
Gary Ablett (GCS) – Ablett has been fantastic in the three games since his week off and while he comes up against the under-the-radar Hawks this week, I can see him continuing the dominance he has shown. Since, becoming a Sun, and remembering that he didn’t play the Hawks last year, Gazza’s record is very enticing. Scores of 157, 138, 149, 189, 170 and 144 with two of these scores being at Aurora Stadium, suggest you have to seriously consider him if, god-forbid, Dangerfield has a poor game.
Good luck to you all this week, I hope that the round is kind. I look forward to you all reading again next week, where we will dissect what options are available to us without Dangerfield playing!